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Promising Show by Young Pair

BADMINTON: With Scott Evans and Chloe Mgee both on the injury list, all five titles went overseas at last week's Carlton Irish Badminton Open, in Baldoyle.

Earlier in the draw, young Irish pair Rachael Darragh and Sarah Boyle showed encouraging form when they made it through to the second round of the women's doubles.

They beat Finnish pairing Anna Paavola and Sonja Pekkola picking up vital ranking points for the European Games to be held at Baku, Azerbaijan next June.

In the men's doubles, brothers Sam and Joshua Magee, who only began playing together this season, lost to Laurent Contantin and Jordan Corvee of France.

Next up for the Irish is February's European Mixed Team Championships in Belgium for which both Magee and Evans are expected to be fit.

SQUASH: At the World Women's Team Squash in Niagara on the Lake, Canada, the Irish women lived up to their eighth seeding.

The team of Aisling Blake, Breanne Flynn, Laura Mylotte and Madeline Perry were drawn in a group with top seeds, Egypt, along with New Zealand, Columbia and China. They beat China 3-0 in their opening match and then Columbia 2-1, and New Zealand 2-1 to make the quarter-final, despite losing to Eqypt.

In the quarter-finals, eventual winners England proved too strong, and losses to USA and Australia meant the Irish women finished eighth.

Egypt sensationally lost to Malaysia in the semi-finals, with England then beating Malaysia for the title.

SNOOKER: After returning from the World Championships where he made the last 16, Michael Judge won snooker's third ranking tournament of the season at the Ivy Rooms, Carlow. He beat Brendan O'Donoghue 3-1 in the final, after a tough match in the semi-finals against No 1 seed, Rodney Goggins. In his semi-final, O'Donoghue had beaten young pretender Josh Boileau, who had put out Robert Murphy in the quarter-finals.

VOLLEYBALL: With the league taking a break until after Christmas, the first rounds of volleyball's Association Cup are due to take place this weekend.

In the women's draw, defending champions DVC host Newbridge Wildcats at their base in Colaiste Bhride Clondalkin tomorrow, while current league leaders Naas travel to Belfield for their match against UCD. Those matches come after today's encounter between NUIG and many times fromer champions Aer Lingus in Loughrea. In the men's draw, Ballymun Patriots, Aer Lingus and Tallaght Rockets play each other in a round of pool matches at Trinity Comprehensive today. Sky Force, UCD and both premier sand division 1 DVC teams play their pool matches tomorrow in Clondalkin.

TABLE TENNIS: Carlow-based Miroslav Horesji showed brilliant form to beat Ryan Jenkins for the men's singles title at the Power NI Table Tennis Championships in Lisburn.

Earlier, the Czech native had put out Chris Doran of England and top seed Gavin Rumgay from Scotland.

After a prolonged period of injury Amanda Mogey showed a welcome return to form when she beat Hannah Lynch Dawson to take the women's title. Mogey, injured since before the Commonweatlh Games, had earlier recorded impressive victories over Katie McGlone and Ashley Given.  


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